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CFO Sink Mixes Fire Prevention, Financial Education among Fun at DFS Display at Florida State Fair


CONTACT:  Kevin Cate or Jayme O’Rourke
(850) 413-2842
TAMPA—Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink invites visitors to the 2009 State Fair, which kicked off last week and continues through Monday, February 16, to visit  the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) interactive display and booth to learn more about protecting their families and finances.  CFO Sink, who oversees the department, will attend the Governor’s Luncheon and tour the fairgrounds today, and DFS representatives will staff the display every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“During these challenging economic times, it’s good for Floridians to come together to celebrate all the wonderful qualities about living in our great state,” CFO Sink said.  “The Department of Financial Services has a wealth of information for making life better, easier and safer.”
The department’s display includes the Division of Consumer Services’ booth staffed by consumer outreach coordinators who can answer questions and provide information on a wide variety of financial and insurance information. Visitors can also go on a “Treasure Hunt” for unclaimed property that the department may be holding for them.  Brochures will be available on topics ranging from homeowners insurance to buying an annuity. 
In addition, the Division of State Fire Marshal will have on display a Bomb Squad Response vehicle, a bomb suit, an explosive-detection robot and various other pieces of equipment.  An accelerant-detection canine team is also scheduled for visits at various times throughout the fair.
The Department of Financial Services has consumer outreach coordinators available throughout Florida to present outreach programs on a range of issues from how to buy auto insurance to disaster preparedness.  To schedule a program or to request further information about the department, please visit the CFO’s website at
The Florida State Fairgrounds are located at Interstate 4 and U.S. 301 in Tampa. Gates open at 9 a.m. daily.
As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.